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No Series berths for American youth diamond squads

Less than a week ago, three Germany-based, American military-affiliated youth baseball and softball teams harbored hopes of playing their way into a stateside World Series. But all of those aspirations have since been extinguished.

The Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League baseball team, ages 11-12, started their run in the Europe-Africa regional tournament in promising fashion with a 13-0 opening win over France on July 15. But the road grew rocky from there. Belgium beat the Americans 17-10 the next day, and Czech Republic finished off the U.S. squad with a tough 4-1 decision on July 17. The Czechs went on to win the tournament at Kutno, Poland, and claim a berth in the famed Little League World Series next month in Williamsport, Pa.

KMC Little Leaguers advance to regional tournament; juniors ousted in Poland

The Kaiserslautern Military Community Little League baseball team moved another round closer to Williamsport, Pa., over the weekend with a best-of-three series win over German squad North Rhine-Westphalia.

With the victory, the KMC 11 and 12-year-old all-stars captured the German national championship. The squad now advances to the Europe-Africa regional tournament starting July 14 at Kutno, Poland; the winner of that tournament will play in the famed Little League World Series in Williamsport next month.

American youth baseball, softball squads vie for stateside World Series berths

A pair of Kaiserslautern Military Community youth baseball squads are deep in the throes of the postseason, hoping to scrape their way into their age division’s stateside World Series.

The KMC’s Junior League (ages 12-14) squad is off to a strong start at the Europe-Africa regional tournament in Kutno, Poland. The 10-team bracket kicked off Sunday, and the Americans celebrated with an 11-1 rout of host Poland. A hard-fought 3-2 loss to the United Kingdom on Tuesday evened the squad’s record to 1-1.

DODDS-Europe chooses Wiesbaden’s Thomas, Lakenheath’s Hodge as Athletes of the Year

DODDS-Europe has chosen accomplished multi-sport senior stars Kelsey Thomas of Wiesbaden and Jourdan Hodge of Lakenheath as its 2014 Athletes of the Year, athletic director Karen Seadore announced this week.

Male Athlete of the Year Thomas sandwiched two standout running seasons with a brilliant campaign on the basketball court. He placed sixth in the DODDS-Europe cross country championships in the fall. In the winter, Thomas earned first-team All-Europe and All-Tournament honors in leading the Warriors to an appearance in the Division I boys basketball championship game. He capped his final prep season with a successful trip to the DODDS-Europe track and field championships, collecting gold medals as part of the Wiesbaden sprint medley and 4x800 relay teams and earning a second-place individual finish at 1,600 meters.

Former DODDS-Europe star Kamiko Williams to sit out WNBA season with injury

Kamiko Williams, an All-Europe girls basketball player and DODDS-Europe Division I champion at Kaiserslautern in 2006, will miss her second season with the WNBA’s New York Liberty due to injury.

Liberty coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer announced Thursday that Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee during the team’s training camp on Tuesday.

Williams was drafted 15th overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft after a standout career at Tennessee. The 5-foot-11 guard played in 34 games last season, including 18 starts, and averaged 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. She played for Elitzur Maclaren Holon of the Israeli League over the winter, averaging 15.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

US beats Serbia in Schweitzer semi, will play for title

The United States outlasted Serbia 74-68 in the semifinal round of the Albert Schweitzer under-18 boys basketball tournament on Friday, earning the opportunity to play for the country's first Schweitzer title since 1996. The Americans will face Italy at 4:15 p.m. CET Saturday at GBG Halle in Mannheim, Germany.

The U.S. fought back from a five-point halftime deficit and pulled away from a persistent Serbian team with a 12-3 run over the game's final minutes. Ethan Happ paced the squad with 29 points and 13 rebounds, both game-high totals, along with seven steals and three blocked shots. Elijah Burns scored 14 and Scott Lindsey 11 for the Americans.

Unbeaten US one win away from Schweitzer title game

The United States entry in the biannual Albert Schweitzer under-18 boys basketball tournament will play Serbia on Friday night with a spot in the event's championship game on the line. The semifinal game  tips off at 8:30 p.m. CET at GBG Halle in Mannheim, Germany; the winner will play the winner of Friday's semifinal between Italy and Turkey for the title on Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at the same venue. 

The American squad, playing for its first Schweitzer title since 1996, continued its undefeated run through the tournament Thursday with an 84-76 defeat of Italy. Brock Miller led the U.S. with 22 points, while Wisconsin commit Ethan Happ posted 21 points and a game-high 17 rebounds.  

US advances to semis by beating defending champ Spain in Schweitzer

The United States continued to roll through the Albert Schweitzer under-18 boys basketball tournament Wednesday at Viernheim, Germany, defeating defending tournament champion Spain 69-64 and clinching a berth in Friday's semifinal round.

he Americans, who haven't won a Schweitzer title since 1996 and finished seventh in 2012, will play Italy on Thursday night at 8 p.m. CET at Waldsporthalle in Viernheim. Win or lose, the U.S. will play in a semifinal game Friday with the opportunity to play for the tournament title on Saturday.

Americans finish group play unbeaten at Schweitzer hoops tourney

The United States entry in the biannual Albert Schweitzer under-18 boys basketball tournament has finished its three-game group schedule undefeated. The U.S. squad beat France 83-75 on Monday night at Viernheim, Germany, rounding out a three-day, three-game sweep through a Group C field that also featured Chile and Ukraine.

The Americans, a newly assembled group of high school stars under the direction of Kimball Union Academy coach Mike Olson, enter the tournament’s championship bracket as one of four unbeaten teams remaining in the 16-team field. Serbia, Turkey and Italy also survived their respective groups without a loss.

The U.S. will play defending Schweitzer champion Spain on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CET at GBG Halle in Mannheim, Germany. The Spanish team finished second behind Italy in Group D.

Mike Williams, a 6-2 guard out of Brooklyn, N.Y., who is committed to play NCAA ball at Rutgers, paced Monday’s win over France with a game-high 20 points in just 18 minutes played.  Shavar Newkirk scored 15, Scott Lindsey added 13 and Wisconsin commit Ethan Happ posted his third double-digit scoring effort in as many games with 11 points.

The Americans are chasing their first Schweitzer title since 1996; the team finished seventh in 2012.

US improves to 2-0 in Schweitzer tournament with win over Ukraine

The United States under-18 boys basketball team beat Ukraine 90-75 on Sunday in Viernheim, Germany, improving to 2-0 in the 2014 Albert Schweitzer tournament and establishing itself as the premier team in its four-team preliminary group.

The victory, coupled with the team’s 92-71 defeat of Chile on Saturday, leaves the Americans at 2-0 atop Group C. They’ll complete group play Monday night against France, which has already lost to both Ukraine and Chile. That game is set for 8 p.m. CET at Waldsporthalle in Viernheim.

The intermediate round begins Wednesday, with matchups still to be determined. The championship game is set for Saturday at 4:15 p.m. at GBG Halle in Mannheim.

Ethan Happ led the U.S. on Sunday with 24 points, while Mike Williams added 14, Scott Lindsey scored 12 and Shavar Newkirk chipped in 10. As they did against Chile, the Americans benefitted from a huge rebounding advantage, pulling down 62 to Ukraine’s 36. Newkirk led that effort with a game-best 12 boards.

The U.S., which hasn’t won the Schweitzer tournament since 1996 and finished seventh in the event’s last edition in 2012, enters Monday’s action as one of six remaining undefeated teams in the 16-team field. Serbia, Turkey, Germany, Italy and defending champion Spain are the others.

 
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Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.


He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.


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Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)

 

Mar. 31: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome highlights the weekend's coverage with Naples' success on multiple fields to include soccer, softball and baseball.

Mar. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the DODDS-Europe spring sports season highlighting soccer, softball and baseball.

Feb. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome rounds up Saturday’s six DODDS-Europe basketball championship games, including a classic Division I duel between Wiesbaden and Patch.